Literature and writing highlighting different perspectives

We have also explored literature which highlights how people view situations from different perspectives. The picture book “Voices in the Park” by Anthony Browne, clearly showed us how the same situation could be viewed from 4 different perspectives. We then did some writing of our own. We focused on composing two pieces of writing of the same incident, but from two different perspectives. We would like to share a few pieces of this writing with you.

The Day My Pet Died  – by Polly

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Lucy’s Perspective

I woke up and rushed downstairs. “Did she die?” I asked.

“Yes,” said my mum, “She made one last sound before she stopped breathing. It sounded like she was crying out for you.” I burst into buckets of tears. I felt like I was going to die too. My heart felt heavy, like a weight dropped on top of it.

The storm, raging outside, reflected how I felt.

Thunder clapped, lightning struck the tree outside. The tree fell down and landed across the pool. One branch fell from the tree and blew away. I felt like that tree. One part of my life had fallen away and I would never see that part again.

Mums Perspective:

Lucy came running downstairs.  “Did she die?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said. She made one last sound before she stopped breathing. It sounded like she was crying out for you.“

Lucy burst into tears. I felt terrible. I felt like it was my fault that Goldie had died.  I tried to comfort Lucy, but she kept on crying. She looked heartbroken. Thunder boomed, lightning cut through the sky like a knife. A tree fell down. I just felt like bursting into tears myself. After all, sometimes tears make you feel a lot better!

The lonely old Grandmother  – by Jaime

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Grandmother’s perspective

I sit in the corner gazing out of the window which is separating me from the rest of the world. I can’t help thinking, “Why won’t my daughters and granddaughters visit me?”

I sit in my favourite rocking chair year after year but still no one wants to visit me. None of my daughters will visit me and they don’t even bother to bring my granddaughters to visit. I have knitted them all jumpers but they won’t come so what’s the point of making anymore?

I start to go to sleep when I hear a knock on the door. My heart is thumping so hard. Has someone come to visit me?

The Lonely Old Grandmother – by Jaime

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Granddaughters perspective

“But why do I have to go to Grandma’s house? All she does is sit around in that rocking chair of hers. Why doesn’t she just make herself useful?” I wondered.

Mum told me it was because she didn’t get many visitors very often. I wondered why Mum couldn’t just visit grandma by herself.

I didn’t want to go because all Grandma ever did was knit and sit in the corner. She never played with me she was so boring. Mum disagreed because she thought there was nothing wrong with Grandma.

So Mum and I hopped into the car and drove to Grandma’s house. We knocked on the door and Grandma opened the door. She had the biggest smile on her face. Then I thought to myself, maybe Grandma wasn’t that bad after all!

 

Viewing situations from different perspectives

In Term 2, Year 4 students have focused on being ‘open minded, reflective learners who have ‘growth mindsets’, not ‘fixed mindsets’. We have become aware that people view situations from different points of view. We understand that people may have different perspectives and we have been willing to grow from our experiences.

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One of the learning experiences this term, which helped us to understand the concept of perspective (viewing situations from other’s points of view) was when the Year 6 students ‘invaded’ our classrooms.

We were completely perplexed when groups of Year 6 girls began to come into our classroom and slowly but surely, take over a lot of the space in our room. They said that their classroom was a bit dark and overcrowded and they thought they could work better in our classroom. Eventually, the Year 6 girls put masking tape down the middle of our classroom and cut our classroom into two areas. Our whole class had to squeeze into one half while the Year 6 students took over the other half. We were very annoyed and couldn’t believe that the year 6 girls didn’t seem to care about how we felt.

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The final annoying incident was when the year 6 girls removed our belongings from our lockers and moved their things in. They removed our names and pictures from the door and completely took over.

We were very relieved when Mrs Falconer finally explained that it had all been a setup to give us insights into how Aboriginal People may have felt when the First Fleet arrived.

Our Sydney Opera House Excursion to watch the Musical Pinocchio

On the first of May, Year 4 went on an excursion to see Pinocchio at the Sydney Opera House. Before we went, we discussed some themes we might see in the musical. They included unconditional love, what it means to be human, the importance of education, knowing right from wrong and peer pressure.

The props, which were multi-purpose, showed great creativity. We also thought the use of audio effects and music was very appropriate. The music and themes changed our moods and made us feel scared, happy, excited and worried. When Pinocchio lied and his nose grew, it was very amusing!

We loved the show and when we got on the bus to return to school, we all agreed it had been an astonishing day. Year 4 had a wonderful time and we hope we can take our families one day!
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Gumaroy Newman shares his culture

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IMG_0781A talented Aboriginal man called Gumaroy Newman gave Year 4 and Year 6 an interesting and intriguing visit about the culture of Aboriginals. There was music to listen to, facts to learn and fun games to play.
Gumaroy’s talent in music was breathtaking. He played the didgeridoo in a band called Yothu Yindi. Gumaroy is also an exceptional singer. He taught us many interesting facts about his culture, symbolism & what it means to be tolerant of each other no matter what the colour of skin. He has written many poems about what it means to be Aboriginal. As well as speaking to groups about the Aboriginal culture, he plays the didgeridoo at Circular Quay.
One of the games that we played with Gumaroy involved timing, rhythm & knowledge. All in all it was an outstanding performance. Written by Maddie and Tilly.